The passion and power of music is apparent in Kew College performances at every level, whether in lessons, assemblies, year-group concerts or whole school events.
Our Concerts are a showcase for our musical performers and give the children practical skills in presenting their music to parents, teachers and governors. In addition to these concerts, children have the opportunity to play in Assembly in both the Junior and Infant House and to demonstrate their instrument to inspire other children to learn. At Christmas, a group of our carol singers performs at 'Kew Sparkle' in Kew Village. During the Summer Fair, various instrumental groups play and choirs sing, allowing the children to work on their performing skills and showcasing the talent at Kew College. New Kew Strings and the Wind Band open important events such as Founder's Day.
Groups sing at other Concerts such as the Landmark Centre Festival of Song and have performed at venues including the Royal Albert Hall and Wembley Arena.
Autumn Term - Christmas Carol Service
A Carol Service for Years 3 – 6 is held St. Anne's Church, Kew Green at the end of the Autumn Term. The service itself is primarily a Christmas celebration in song, with each year group and all of the school choirs having the chance to show their singing prowess. It is also an opportunity for instrumentalists to perform Christmas music with their ensembles. This is a joyous occasion for the school community.
In December 2013 the children of Year 6 performed 'Scrooge' and were supported by the harmonious voices of Years 3 - 5, school choirs, the Wind Band and Strings Ensemble. The evening was greatly appreciated by the congregation who enjoyed the new style Carol Service.
A parent who has had three children at Kew College wrote;
'We very much enjoyed the Carol Service this year. It was certainly the best we've been to in all our many years - entertaining and joyful. I thought it was amazing how each child had their important part to play.'
The school recorded 'Christmas Carols at Kew College' so that the music can be enjoyed for many years to come. The CD collection was a sell-out.
Spring Term - Music Concerts
The Junior House celebrates with a Spring Music Concert performed in St Anne's Church, Kew. This draws together musicians from recorder groups, strings, the wind band and the brass ensemble. Coupled with singers from the school choirs, soloists and small groups, the concerts celebrate the talent of our children. The evening closes with a rousing finale of song accompanied by the instrumentalists.
In the Infant House, Years 1 and 2 each perform in an informal concert for their parents. Musicians of all levels are given an opportunity to participate.